A New Way of Seeing: The History of Art in 57 Works by Kelly Grovier
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What makes great art great? Why do some works pulse in the imagination generation after generation, century after century? From Botticelli's Birth of Venus to Picasso's Guernica, some paintings and sculptures have become so famous, so much a part of who we are, we no longer really look at them. We take their greatness for granted; our eyes have become near-obsolete.
Unsatisfied with traditional, hand-me-down interpretations of these masterpieces interested only in learning about art, and not from it, Kelly Grovier focuses anew at revered works, from the Terracotta Army of the First Qin Emperor to Frida Kahlo's self-portraits. Looking closely at each work, he identifies a part of the artwork that can be conceived as 'vital' rather than merely visual, and demonstrates the value of these works of art beyond commercial profit.
256 pp. hardback
23.3 x 2.8 x 27.8 cm
Published November 2018 by Thames & Hudson